Successful people follow independent paths.  Asked once how she had developed her unique style, artist Georgia O’Keefe said, “I thought someone could tell me how to paint a landscape, but I never found that person.  They could tell me how they painted their landscape, but they couldn’t tell me how to paint mine.”

I encourage you to create your own definition of success so that it is intrinsic to the real you and aligns with your own vision for your life.  Commit to creating a life of your dreams without worrying about other people’s judgments.  Trying to live up to the expectations of others robs you of your own sense of personal fulfilment.  Listen to the voice of your authentic self yearning for expression and go for it.  This is the gateway to freedom.